Carol Patterson / State of the Heart
Carol Patterson’s arresting style infuses her short stories with fresh, vibrant life.
Dominic Kirwan / The Holy Babble
The Holy Babble is a sumptuous feast for the imagination. In this Hieronymus Bosch style drive-through, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny steal the Christ myth. Panty thieves, monkeys chained to word processors, and rebellious talking ants inhabit decrepit fringes of the city of Moralpanik.
Brian Hungerford / She Said She Knew What Side of the Family That Came From
Brian Hungerford is an award winning author and one of the World’s most experienced storytellers, in the oral tradition.
Derek Mortimer / Vigil & other stories
Some of the tales in Vigil are sad, some are funny, some are both. All are full of humanity and a love for life.
Laurie Brady / Beyond the Pale
This collection of short stories focuses on a variety of unusual but not atypical emotional and lifestyle reactions people experience as a result of guilt, compassion, indiscretion, abuse, jealousy, fantasy, loss, sense of mission, and impending death.
Terry Whitebeach & Gina Mercer (editors) / The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss
In this compelling collection, eighty-nine writers traverse their particular territory of loss and bring back travellers’ tales. Their skilfully crafted accounts are insightful, inspiring, amusing, heart-breaking, resilient and, above all, damn good reading.
Janis Spehr / Flowers for the Protestants
Most of the stories are located in a domesticated rural landscape which nevertheless retains a haunting, crooked beauty while some occur in an urban environment which enables women to forge new identities through work and love.
Julie Thorndyke / Mrs Rickaby's Lullaby
Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby is an engaging novel of haunting lyricism and gentle humour, exploring the timeless themes of love, loss and widowhood, friendship and belonging.
Colin Rogers / From the Mallee: Five stories
Five stories to take you away from the anonymity of big cities and into the Mallee. Into communities where everyone knows everyone else’s business or, if they don’t know it, they invent it.
Angus Gaunt / Prime Cuts
Themes of deception, betrayal and unexpected delight are woven through Angus Gaunt’s first collection of stories.
Edna Taylor / The Empty Chair & other stories
'Classic short stories have an immediate momentum taking us directly to the action or the issue. They have an economy of time and place and a sudden resolution. Edna Taylor’s short stores are indeed such classics.' - Dr Michael Liddle
J.S. Scholz / Little Islands and other stories
J.S. Scholz’s writing has won many prestigious awards, and been published as far afield as Norway. Now, a unique selection of his stories is gathered here - small islands in a big sea.
Brennan O'Shea / Don't Wait
Stories by Brennan O’Shea have been described as ‘quirky’. Don’t Wait is a selection from the last twenty years. O’Shea lives a very quiet life in a seaside suburb of Adelaide.
Annie Horner / No One Was Watching
No One Was Watching is a work of fiction. These stories, although informed by factual events, do not intend to speak for people who endured living in out-of-home ‘care’ during part or all of their childhood but instead provide an alternative, imaginative entrée into this once-hidden Australian history.
Maureen Mendelowitz / Alone not lonely
Set in the turmoil of the apartheid years in South Africa a coloured woman faces the trials of racial discrimination as well as her own family trauma.
Mary Pomfret / The Hard Seed
‘The spirit of Australian Gothic survives and thrives in Mary Pomfret’s Hard Seed, although few rural mysteries are as profound, or as captivating.’ - Laurie Steed
Ray Clift / Loose Lips
James Newton is a Vietnam veteran who is wounded in spirit and in body. As a freelance journalist, recently divorced, he is tasked with interviewing a legend by the name of Chocko from Morocco, who lives in Arthur River, in the north-west of Tasmania.
David Brelsford / Bernie
David Brelsford's second collection of stories.
Maureen Mitson / Katherine's Web
Katherine’s Web is the third novel in Maureen Mitson’s Anglo-German-Australian trilogy detailing the lives and experiences of three women from the early days of colonisation until the present day. Katherine is the daughter of Esther in Esther’s Wars, who was the daughter of Beatrice in Beatrice’s Commonsensical Approach.
Libby Sommer / The Usual Story
Readers who liked The Crystal Ballroom will love The Usual Story, a delicately fragmented story of memory, intrigue and passion.